Browsing All posts tagged under »Biofuels«

The Ethanol Gravy Train Rolls On

May 16, 2018 by

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Opponents make compelling case but can’t derail or even slow this well-protected industry By Paul Driessen ~ Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the way seriously harmful […]

The Biofuel Crony Capitalist Revolving Door

January 9, 2018 by

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Ex-Grassley aide will now help Big Corn and Big Biodiesel retain their mandates and subsidies By Paul Driessen ~ Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), will become vice president of federal affairs for […]

Why Congress Should Ditch The Renewable Fuel Standard

December 6, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Stephan Jaksch ~ Politicians don’t have a crystal ball that can predict the future of energy prices, energy supplies, or demand for electricity and gasoline. But they pretend to, and that’s a problem. It leads to market-distorting policies that harm Americans as consumers and taxpayers. Take the Renewable Fuel Standard. Congress […]

The Ethanol Mandate Promotes Swamp Dominance, Not Energy Dominance

November 14, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Samantha Block ~ Washington is known for political arm-twisting. There’s a good reason for that. It too often works, and it helps prop up bad policies like mandates to blend corn-based ethanol and other biofuels into our fuel supply. In September, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed cutting the volumetric requirements for […]

Lawmaker Works To Save Taxpayers’ Money With New Energy Bill

August 8, 2017 by

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By Rachel del Guidice ~ An Arizona congressman is working to remove energy subsidies that are part of the 2014 farm bill. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., recently released legislation that he says could save the American taxpayer more than a billion dollars over five years. Biggs told The Daily Signal in an interview that he […]

Biofuel Justifications Are Illusory

July 31, 2017 by

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It’s time to really cut, cut, cut ethanol and other renewable fuel mandates – maybe to zero By Paul Driessen ~ The closest thing to earthly eternal life, President Ronald Reagan used to say, is a government program. Those who benefit from a program actively and vocally defend it, often giving millions in campaign cash […]

Next Farm Bill Shouldn’t Play Favorites With Energy

March 10, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ The House Agriculture subcommittee on commodity exchanges, energy, and credit is holding a hearing March 9 titled “The Next Farm Bill: Rural Development & Energy Programs.” The 2002 farm bill was the first to contain an energy title, which has since grown to include direct handouts and loan guarantees for advanced biofuels and […]